Contact Making Seminar

Creating Volunteering Circles

Contact Making Seminar

28/2/2022 - 6/3/2022

Thessaloniki, Greece

About the Project

Project Idea

Creating Volunteering Circles is a Contact Making Seminar that will gather in total 24 youth workers (involved or interested in voluntary projects in Europe, Coordinators, ex EVS volunteers, project managers etc.), plus 2 qualified trainers from 9 European countries. Greece.


Based on Non Formal Learning principles the working methods will be simulation exercises, multimedia presentations, work in groups, discussions and lectures, experiential learning, cooperative learning, shared responsibility, etc.)

European Countries
Youth Organisations

Aim & Objectives

Creating Voluntering Circles, aims at developing the
overall capacity of youth organisations to effectively
manage voluntering projects cofunded with the
support of Erasmus + and European Solidarity Corps

Quality?Y.E.P. – Bringing Quality in Youth Exchange Projects, aims at developing the overall capacity of youth organisations to effectively manage youth exchange projects cofunded with the support of Erasmus + grants. We wish to achieve the goal by means of successively implementing the following objectives

  • Equipping participants with better understanding of the EU funds and how to apply these to the youth sector around Europe.
  • Creating a toolbox of well-proven as well as new and innovative methods/tools/ideas/ trategies, etc. for effective projects management.
  • Exchanging and drawing learning outcomes from the best practices in the areas of youth exchange projects management as already exercised by the partner organisations, to offer space for sharing of experience and exchange of good practices.
  • Ensuring on going support and advice to youth workers
    wishing to effectively manage their projects workload.
  • Providing space for networking and ideas development for
    the sake of creating future projects between the partner promoters.
  • Increasing the level of youth participation, through effective
    project management and the creation of new partnerships
    and/or Youth projects.
  • To identify the need and the possibilities for networking between organisations as a mean for sustainability, development and synergies.

The Venue

The seminar will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece at
PHILIPPION hotel. All participants will be accommodated at the hotel.
Participants will stay in rooms of 3 participants from different countries but same gender. Workshops will take place at the accomodation facilities. Meals will be served at the hotel restaurant.


Olga Kyriakidou

Olga Kyriakidou is an experienced trainer and youth worker based in Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2003 with other active young people established the NGO “Kids In Action”. Since 2009 she is delivering as a free lance trainer, seminars, training courses, contact making events for youth workers, educators, teachers based in non formal education methodology and tools while in 2012 she is completing the circle of Training of Trainers of SALTO. In 2017 she is completing the full circle of Training of Trainers in Human Rights Education of Council of Europe.

Olympia Datsi

Olympia Datsi is a Youth Worker and Trainer in Non-Formal
Education, specialized in designing and implementing
experiential educational programmes for all ages. She is
founding member of the “Creativity Platform” NGO,
member of the SALTO and the British Council pool of
trainers, elected member of the Hellenic Youth Workers’
Association. Her studies focus on Landscape
Architecture, Interior Design and Music. She cooperates
with artists and creatives in various projects and with
cultural institutions in the organization of music festivals, of performing arts and design exhibitions. She was the
coordinator for the volunteers of the “European Youth
Capital – Thessaloniki 2014″ and since March 2018 she
is the project manager of the “Schools Open to the
Neighborhood”, an initiative of the Municipality of
Thessaloniki in collaboration with the “Creativity
Platform” NGO and with the exclusive donor ship
of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Timeline

DAY #1
Arrival of the participants
DAY #2
Introductions, Getting to know each other, Expectations, Building the Team, NGO Fair, Intercultural Night
DAY #3
Introduction to ESC, Guest Speakers & Good Practices, Rights, responsibilities and roles of the main actors in ESC, Learning in ESC, Intercultural Night
DAY #4
Our ESC strategy, Free Morning in Thessaloniki, Designing our ESC strategy, ESC strategy Weaknesses and strengths, Self organised (games night walk in the town etc)
DAY #5
Training CYCLE, Training CYCLE From preparation to evaluation/ how to ensure quality, Conflict and Crisis Management, Project writing, Self organised (games night)
DAY #6
Evaluation and next steps, Project Presentations, Cooperation & networking, Developing ESC Projects Agreements between partners, Final Evaluation & Youthpass, Farewell Party
DAY #7
Departure of Participants
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What happened in this Erasmus?

An active community specializing in digital media!

InfinityGreece is a creative youth organization started as a non-formal students group inThessaloniki in 2014. The purpose of our activities is to help young people acquire soft and hard skills in digital media. This is accomplished by involving our members to content creation on Radio,Articles, Video, Photography and Marketing, Management in Human Resources and Projects, and Technology in Web Design and Web Development. Within the development of the above features, we create the foundations and teachers formal and non formal learning programs. With the development of the above features we create volunteer and educational, formal and non-formal, educational programs.


What the participants said...

We had some representatives from InfinityGreece, such as Korina, one of our young volunteers. She was the youngest participant in the project, nonetheless she enjoyed the week and had the opportunity to learn a lot about volunteering. She also shared with us her perspective: “this project had so much impact for me, that from now on I’d like to work as a youth worker and specialize in human rights”.
Ayyan, a participant from Hungary, tell us that: “the fact I really loved about this project was contact making partnerships and a healthy integration with my colleagues from the different countries that attended. Secondly I’m really happy to find new friends which are like a family now. Thank you so much InfinityGreece for providing me this great opportunity”.

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